Man sentenced in shooting of Butler Co. deputy

JanTracy Kilbourne
JanTracy Kilbourne

EL DORADO, Kansas (AP) – A man convicted of shooting a south-central Kansas sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.

Jan Tracy Kilbourne was sentenced Thursday to 263 months in prison for shooting Butler County deputy Jacob Lawrence on Labor Day last year. Lawrence returned fire, injuring Kilbourne. The confrontation occurred in Augusta, about 15 miles east of Wichita.

Kilbourne was arrested four days later in Wichita. He was convicted last December of attempted second-degree murder.

Lawrence testified Thursday that he believed he would have died if he wasn’t wearing a bulletproof vest that day. He said he was trying to help people in a disabled vehicle and didn’t even intend to write Kilbourne a ticket. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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